Thursday, 24 July 2008

“Fighting Fair Guide” | and the “12 Skills Summary”

Filed under: Finding or Becoming a mediator & FAQ — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:43 PDT

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FAQ: How can I find a mediator?

Filed under: Finding or Becoming a mediator & FAQ — administrator @ 16:42 PDT

There are several Canadian lists of mediators available on the sites of non-profit organizations dedicated to dispute resolution. Check out the following:


FAQ: What is mediation? The Mediation Process

Filed under: Finding or Becoming a mediator & FAQ — Catherine Morris @ 16:38 PDT

To learn more about mediation processes, visit the following webpages:

1. See definitions of mediation, restorative justice and other “alternative dispute resolution” processes on the site of Peacemakers Trust.

2. See information about mediation on the website of the BC Mediator Roster Society.

3. See a Guide to Mediation on the website of the BC Attorney General’s Dispute Resolution Office.

4. See information about mediation on the website of the Saskatchewan Department of Justice’s Dispute Resolution Office.

5. See an Introduction to Restorative Justice on the website of Restorative Justice Online. Click on “restorative justice processes” to see some information about victim-offender mediation, restorative justice “conferencing” and other restorative justice practices.

6. See some articles about mediation compiled by Norman Pickell.


Peacemakers’ Round Table: New initiative of Peacemakers Trust

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Dispute resolution and negotiation,Media and Conflict,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:54 PDT

Peacemakers' Round Table logo

A new Peacemakers’ Round Table has been formed this month by Peacemakers Trust.

Based in Canada, the Peacemakers’ Round Table aims to provide a Canadian-based international forum for persons interested in advancing scholarship, education and practice in constructive conflict transformation and peacebuilding including mediation, negotiation, dialogue, peacework, human rights protection, good governance, and reconciliation.

Welcoming people from all over the world interested in questions of how to build justice and support effective peaceful ways of addressing conflict, the Round Table includes members of the community from any country and from all walks of life including students, scholars, mediators, facilitators, human rights workers, ombudspersons, peaceworkers, community workers, educators, journalists, artists and others.

Activities of the Round Table will depend on the interests of those who join and become engaged.


From child soldier to Congolese carpenter

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:03 PDT

He rests his hands among the wood shavings scattered across a board on his workbench, as if touching the curls and chips reminds him of who he now is a furniture-maker in Goma and, at 17, almost a man. It’s dark inside his shop: he works only with hand tools, as there is no electricity.

But not so long ago, he was a boy fighting a war in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Egiba Sango – not his real name – is one of about 3,000 child soldiers that the Concert d’Actions pour Jeunes et Enfants Défavorisés, or CAJED, has worked with since 1997.


A rational US foreign policy in the Middle East?

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:57 PDT

What Aijaz Ahmad would tell the next US president if he received a ’3a.m.’ call?


The Iraq war debate

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:45 PDT

McCain and Obama are not listening to Iraqis.

In the second part of his interview to Pepe Escobar, investigative historian and military policy analyst Gareth Porter expands on what awaits Senator Barack Obama when he deals with the power of the national security state. Porter also examines what kind of movement and leader would it take to really try to change a very rigid system, and the proposition of Obama as a new Bobby Kennedy.


Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution

Filed under: Finding or Becoming a mediator & FAQ,Jobs, awards, opportunities,Latin America & Caribbean — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:45 PDT

Rotary Centers provide the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related areas.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships are offered at six Rotary Centers, which operate in partnership with the following universities:


Talking to the Taliban Is Foolish

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:40 PDT

As the insurgency ramps up, support for “talking to the Taliban” in Afghanistan is increasing. Voices in the United Nations and in Europe favour a new set of negotiations between civil society, political parties and the insurgents, and it is a natural reflex to seek a way out of a seemingly intractable conflict by exploring all available political solutions. But while negotiations are credible and acceptable if they help resolve conflict and save lives, that will not be the case in Afghanistan’s current environment.

The problems begin with identifying those who would be involved in a “new dialogue process”. Afghan civil society is weak at best, and political parties, which have been completely undermined by lack of domestic and international support, are in no position to lobby or feed constructively into national policy formation. And who would represent “the Taliban”?


UN council to take up Cambodia-Thai dispute-diplomats

Filed under: Cambodia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:28 PDT

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council will hold a special meeting on a border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand that has sparked fears of a military clash, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Several council diplomats said the meeting would most likely be held next week. Its format has yet to be determined and it was unclear what exactly the council could do.

“Perhaps we could urge the two sides to work out their differences amicably,” one Western diplomat told Reuters.


The Islamic ‘Other’ in Film

Filed under: Media and Conflict — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:03 PDT

With the emergence of the internet, online video file sharing and peer-to-peer download services in the last decade, the grip of the big production houses have decreased, and people now have relatively more access than before to a more complex and critical understanding of politics and culture. Documentary films have also played a major role in shaping public opinion, and perceptions of the ‘Other’. The Other being non-white people generally, but today specifically focused on Muslims and Islamists which, we are told, do not share or are against ‘our’ values.

Perhaps the most well-known example of a documentary film that has shaped public opinion is Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11…

Michael Moore and Nick Broomfield’s [Battle For Haditha] films have been commercial successes. However one is not so sure that they have been successful in assisting their mass audiences in understanding Muslims and their struggles for independence such as in Iraq or Palestine or throughout the Muslim world generally.


Lessons from the Orange Revolution

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:00 PDT

Imagine this – a rigged national election. The popular candidate garnered more votes and precincts but still did not win. Now imagine the population refusing to sit back, to throw up their collective hands, to give in to apathy. Such is the story of the “Orange Revolution,” the 2004 presidential election in the Ukraine, a tale with lessons for us.

The Ukrainian people foresaw the worst and when it happened, they nonviolently obstructed the functioning of the government until justice was done. Their story can teach us a thing or two.


Parliament Moves To Approve Polygamy, Over Iranian Women’s Protests

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Middle East,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:59 PDT

An Iranian parliamentary committee has approved in the first reading a controversial draft law that allows men to take a second wife, a bill that women’s rights activists have dubbed the “Antifamily Bill.”

The fierce debate on the bill highlights rising social tensions in Iran, where the hard-line government of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is increasingly targeting women’s rights activists.

The bill, officially known as the Bill to Protect the Family, has been on the table in parliament for years, the subject of seemingly endless revision and debate. The controversial clause that gives men the right to have another spouse without the first wife’s approval was actually laid aside by the previous parliament because of strong opposition from women’s rights activists.


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